Samoan Science students and teachers in regional contest

A social media Science competition targeting teachers and schools is being offered by Science Circus Pacific. 

Winners will receive prize packs that are worth over $500 tala. The Science Circus Pacific Coordinator, Joe Duggan, confirmed the contest saying it is their second competition and will end on 5 October 2020.

"We were so impressed by all the entrants – including some brilliant young Samoan scientists that we decided to run another competition, this time for teachers and school groups," Mr. Duggan said.

For the contest, teachers have been encouraged take a photo or video of their class doing a science experiment, share it with Science Circus Pacific on Facebook or Twitter and tell them What science they are investigating, How have they made it relevant to Samoa and How is it linked to the local curriculum.

The competition is open to entrants from across all of the Pacific and they would love to see many Samoan teachers entering with their classes.

"We know through the work we have been doing with IMAGINE and M.E.S.C (Ministry of Education Sports and Culture) that science is extremely important in Samoa and we have loved seeing the fun and exciting ways our Samoan friends have shown us to explore science," he said.

Mr. Duggan explained that the winners will be announced by 16 October 2020.

The prize packs will include "a range of fun and exciting science prizes" such as, a free science show for the winning entries class, a free online teacher professional development workshop for the winning schools teachers and science materials for the winning teacher, and he explained that they will look at hosting more competitions if people are interested and enjoy this competition.

"We look forward to continue working closely with the IMAGINE team and MESC to run more competitions and trial different and fun approaches that support the mission of showcasing Samoan science and supporting the next generation of Samoa scientists," he added.

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